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           POLICE POWER 

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Roadside offences could include​​ detention, drug & alcohol testing, safety checks and emergency roadblocks. Click on the button above to see the cases that came after the ruling in Dedman v The Queen

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These common law powers have been created in order to justify the detention of persons or property. 

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Police powers under this category include search incident to arrest, bodily search, search without a warrant, search incident to detention and search of technology.

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This broad category of police powers includes entry without a warrant, emergency or forcible entry, emergency or forcible removal/detention, use of force incident to detention and use of force.

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Powers under this category include securing the scene, surveillance and interference with public spaces.

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